Château Musar 1998
This is a Cinsault dominated wine which eminates from a fairly cool vintage thus it is elegant with plenty of finesse. It has good depth on the palate with some developed notes of game and a good acidity. Although it is not a heavy wine, it has good staying power on the palate and will be very pleasing to Bordeaux drinkers and Lebanese lovers alike.
Region: Bekaa Valley
Grape Variety: Equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Rich and spicy
Vegetarian: Yes (not certified)
Vegan: Yes (not certified)
Organic: Yes (certified)
Drink With: Roasts and food with some spice especially Lamb Dishes
The previous winter, 1997/98, was fairly normal in the Lebanon being cold, rainy and with some snow. This relatively wet season lasted until June. The opposite of the following few months of summer that lasted until October with virtually no rain at all.
Harvesting began on 9th September but maturity wasn't uniform with a picking window of almost two weeks. There was nothing to cause this, simply nature !
When the harvest was finally in, it was good in terms of both quality and quantity with healthy grapes above all else. Wine-making went smoothly although a little quickly and when all was done the juice was matured in French oak until the final blend was done in August 2001
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan (there is a slightly higher proportion of Cinsault) is both fragrant and aromatic in profile, smooth and well balanced.